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cliff. with just six days until the deadline, some lawmakers say it might be too late. and that's next. so, this board gives me rates for progressive direct and other car insurance companies? yes. but you're progressive, and they're them. yes. but they're here. yes. are you...? there? yes. no. are you them? i'm me. but those rates are for... them. so them are here. yes! you want to run through it again? no, i'm good. you got it? yes. rates for us and them -- now that's progressive. call or click today. from the president cutting his holiday vacation in hawaii short to get back to work on avoiding the fiscal cliff. the white house says the president is set to return to the nation's capital tomorrow morning to try to hammer out a deal where lawmakers on stopping automatic tax hikes and deep spending cuts from kicking in, which is set to happen, if you're not watching the calendar, six days from now. if they don't reach a deal many say it could send the country right back into recession. ed henry is live in honolulu, hawaii. is this a sign the president sees progress in the talks?
. five days in a row doing into the fiscal cliff and the dow stands to really get rocked again next week. >> you see, what's important here is the lack of clarity coming out of washington, d.c. really affects the marketplace in a negative way. like you just mentioned, before our eyes over the holiday vacation, market's down 100 points today. the volatility and swings in the marketplace are very big when there's uncertainty out of d.c. with respect to the fiscal cliffwhen the debt ceiling. they're real issues that need to be addressed in short order. >> you tend to think the media hypes up these things. the fiscal cliff, maybe we're making too much of it. you're not in that court. >> i'm not in that court. i think this is a significant piece of legislation the united states wants to see the balance sheet and income statement of the u.s. be taken care of in short order. otherwise, we also risk a credit rating downgrade. if we can't take control of our revenues that come in and spending that goes out, people will lose can confidence and faith. >> confidence is a big word. kyle harrington, g
cliff. senate democrats have not. if the president and lawmakers cannot reach a deal in the next five days, automatic tax hikes and major spending cuts are set to kick in and economists warn that could trigger another recession. what else are we hearing from democrats on the hill? >> trace, very interesting comments from vice president joe biden up here for an unrelated matter about the fiscal cliff today. he says, essentially he was asked what do you think will pass? he said if you tell me what would attract republican support, i can tell you what would pass. if asked if he was optimistic, he said he was neither optimistic or pessimistic but was going back to talk to the president. the senate majority leader sounded frustrated with house republican leadership. >> american people i don't think understand the house of representatives is operating out the house of representatives. it's being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker, not allowing the vast majority of the house representatives to get what they want. >> reporter: as you mentioned, trace, the speaker's spokesman said aft
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